Djibouti remains well-positioned, despite uncertainty

Djibouti is strategically located in the Horn of Africa
Djibouti is located at a major maritime choke point: the Bab el-Mandeb strait. The U.S. and Chinese militaries have decided to establish military bases there (source: macpixxel for GIS)
  • Djibouti’s location has attracted a foreign military presence
  • This keeps the country secure despite both internal and external instability
  • Regional tensions are unlikely to compromise Djibouti’s development

Thanks to its position in the Horn of Africa, at the southern entrance to the Red Sea, Djibouti has become key to understanding Africa’s security and economic outlook. Geography will remain a competitive advantage for the small nation of fewer than one million people. However, regional tensions and internal instability may compromise Djibouti’s growth and its place as a strategic trade hub.

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